With less than a week until Thanksgiving, it seems like most stores are talking Christmas already. However, a recent survey from AllRecipes.com found that 82% of people feel that Christmas is marketed too early and that Thanksgiving receives too little attention.
With this in mind, the Respect the Bird movement was born. Here, Thanksgiving fans can take the Respect the Bird Pledge, a promise to fully enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and not begin shopping for the December holidays until after November 24, and get recipes and tips for their Thanksgiving festivities.
Doug Matthews, AllRecipes.com Community Member and Leader of the Respect the Bird movement stated, "After all, from the very beginning Thanksgiving has been an American holiday about being thankful about what we have'??the big things in life, family, friendships, memories, good health'??not about crazy stuff on sale. Let's enjoy Thanksgiving instead of letting Christmas Occupy Thanksgiving."
With Thanksgiving as the starting point, the authors behind The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal are issuing a new challenge to families--the 90 Day Dinner Challenge.
During this challenge, families pledge to:
- Set goals for regular dinner times together during the week
- "Unplug" and not carry cell phone or other data devices to the table
- Be good listeners
- Engage in conversation
- Enjoy each other's company
- Clean up Together!
Many homes dinner hours look more like food courts with family members coming and going, but Dr. Parrott and Dream Dinners founder Stephanie Allen will give you expert advice, tips and quick, healthy recipes to bring back the family meal. Why? Because family dinners matter. Children who eat meals with their parents are 40% more likely to say they get mainly A's and B's in school than kids who have fewer family dinners a week. Youngsters who eat with their families are also more likely to turn away from drugs and alcohol.
Will you try it? Do you make family dinners a priority already? We'd love to hear your advice and ideas to help make family dinners a healthy habit!
Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, now living in Colorado, and the author of
'??BentoLunch.net '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.
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